As a 1st term art student at the Art Center in Pasadena, I can honestly say I have been running on 3-4 hours of sleep a day working on art, while loving it if I might add.
The controversy that I am wondering at the moment is Working Hard vs. Working Smart. Obviously, finding a middle ground is the best solution, balancing your workload, playtime, and sleep time is key, however, what happens if you find yourself weak in some classes, ie, heads and hands, figure drawing, etc? Sometimes I find myself having to spend INSANE amounts of time redo-ing some work, which leads to getting behind in some of my classes, forcing me to do some all-nighters on certain days of the week. (I'm actually pulling an all nighter as we speak)
At the Art Center you rarely get a C or lower on your work, unless you completely disregard directions. I give my ALL on every aspect of the home works to barely scathe a B/B+, whereas some people who rarely show up to class and spend minimal work end up could get a B+.
I'm giving my all to reach my potential. Am I doing something wrong? or am I developing a work ethic that should HOPEFULLY lead to a the path of a skilled artist? I'm spending a TON of money for my education, I know grades aren't important in the real world, but I want to get good grades because I need to maintain a gpa for my scholarship, and I treat my instructors as if they are clients/instructors.
It's much easier for some people to get "A"s and I hope that one day it'll be easier for me, especially in the REAL WORLD.
What do you guys think?